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USS America (LHA 6)



USS AMERICA is the first ship in the AMERICA - class of amphibious assault ships and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name. Unlike the other amphibious assault ships in the Navy, the USS AMERICA is not equipped with a well deck to provide more space for aviation facilities.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 1, 2007
Keel laid: July 17, 2009
Launched: June 4, 2012
Commissioned: October 11, 2014
Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: two marine gas turbines
Propellers: two
Aircraft elevators: two
Length: 844 feet (257.3 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)
Draft: 26 feet (7.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 44,971 tons full load
Speed: 22+ knots
Aircraft: 30+ (including V-22 Osprey, AH-1Z Viper and AH-1W Super Cobra, F-35B, CH-53K Sea Stallion, MH-60S Naval Hawk)
Crew: Ship: 65 officers, 994 enlisted     Marine Detachment: 1871
Armament: two Rolling Airframe Missile Systems (RAM), two Phalanx CIWS, two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launchers, seven twin .50 BMG machine guns
Homeport: San Diego, CA


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS AMERICA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS AMERICA a few hours after her commissioning during Fleet Week San Francisco on October 11, 2014.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 13, 2014, during an open house aboard USS AMERICA (LHA 6) as part of Fleet Week San Francisco. The AMERICA was commissioned two days earlier.

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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS AMERICA undergoing a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2015. During the availability, the AMERICA receives 13 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) alterations in order to modify it for the USMC variant of the aircraft, becoming the first West Coast platform for F-35B Lightning II.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS AMERICA departing Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for a four-day underway on April 18, 2016.



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